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How to Get Ink Out of the Wash

Fresh Watercolor Pen and Washable Ink Stains

Step 1

Start your washer using the warmest water that is safe for the fabric.

Step 2

Add soap-free detergent to the washer. Read the product label to ensure the detergent contains no soap.

Step 3

Put your stained laundry into the washer after water entry is complete. Run the washer through its wash, rinse and spin cycles.

Step 4

Examine each item. Repeat laundering steps for any items that are still stained. Do not put stained items into a dryer.

Permanent Felt-Tip Pen and India Ink Stains

Step 1

Apply heavy-duty liquid detergent to the stained areas and rub.

Step 2

Rinse the stained items thoroughly.

Step 3

Soak the items in a diluted solution of powdered bleach.

Step 4

Soak white and colorfast laundry items that remain stained for up to 15 minutes in a diluted solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water -- after testing the solution on an inconspicuous area of the fabric.

Step 5

Run the laundry items through the washing machine's wash, rinse and spin cycles.

Combination Stains Including Ink

Step 1

Sponge or spray the stained areas of laundry items with dry-cleaning solvent.

Step 2

Apply heavy-duty liquid detergent to stained areas and rub.

Step 3

Run the items through the washing machine's wash, rinse and spin cycles.

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